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ProjectsPlan to cut £500k from legal budget - with further savings o come - "will increase risk of mistakes"
Legal Services at unitary to save 16% of 2014/15 budget, with a further £821k required by 2018/19

Bevan Brittan snaps up former chief executive of Birmingham City Council
Stephen Hughes to work with law firm on areas such as integration of public services

City council first to obtain government approval for Regulation 7 order covering lettings boards
'To Let' boards in popular areas of city will need advertisement consent from January 2015

Clive Anderson to host inaugural Lawyers in Local Government awards
Broadcaster to hand out awards for best of local government legal practice in 11 categories

Government defends judicial review reforms, attacks impact of legal challenges on economic development
Response to select committee report rejects claims that substantially unlawful action could go unremedied

Large London housing association to set up four-year legal services panels
Notting Hill Housing Trust to split framework into six lots

Complaints to LGO about school admissions appeals fall by half over four years
LGO says move coincided with dramatic rise in number of academies and free schools, over which it holds no jurisdiction

Browne Jacobson bolsters projects practice with senior partner hire
Steven Matthew joins London office from Nabarro
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LSB calls for safeguards in relation to fee-charging McKenzie Friends
Legal Services Board warns that they may be perceived as having same standards and consumer protection as regulated professionals

DCLG agrees to rescind decision to quash Article 4 direction
Islington Council says ministers have accepted that they "got their numbers wrong" over deliver of housing targets

Whitehall improving on contract management "but lot more needs to be done"
National Audit Office report highlights issues over poor governance, record keeping and capacity

Government agrees to set up Food Crime Unit following Elliott Review
All recommendations accepted from review set up after horse meat crisis of 2013. Trading Standards Institute warns over cuts impact

Care home operator ordered to pay £133,000 after death of resident
64-year-old women with dementia suffocated by an unsecure wardrobe

Residents and firms to be able to force councils to review parking restrictions
Communities Secretary sets out the threshold needed for a petition to trigger a review "over-zealous" enforcement

High Court quashes planning permission for 34m wind turbine
Council reportedly admitted that there was no evidence of whether environmental info relating to development had been taken into account

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonFailure to risk assess is not the full picture
A recent case has shown that a failure to risk assess need not be fatal to defending a stress at work claim, writes Angela Williams.

Raising allotment charges
A city council recently lost a judicial review in the High Court of its decision to double the rents charged to a group of allotment holders. Christopher Baker examines why.

Deprivation of liberty – some fog clears about children’s homes
Government guidance on deprivations of liberty issued to providers of children's homes and residential special schools has created significant concern. A recent High Court ruling providing clarification on a key element is welcome, write the Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street.

Changes to the Mandatory Conditions
John Gaunt reviews the Home Office's guidance on imminent changes to the mandatory conditions applying to all licensed premises.

Submitting to a data protection audit
The Information Commissioner’s Office must ensure parity of treatment when it comes to local government data protection audits, writes Jonathan Baines.

Development projects, cross-border interest and advertising
Advertise development projects that may attract cross border interest or risk losing some of your grant funding, writes Richard Auton.

Trade union detriment and costs
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed the correct test in trade union detriment cases and made a surprising costs award, reports Michael Halsey.

Family cases and parties with disabilities
Nora Owusu-Yianoma of Essex Legal Services outlines recent Court of Appeal guidance on family cases involving parties with disabilities.

The latest blogs...
Immediate publication of applications as A556 project consented by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the switch to immediate publication of applications and the 22nd development consent decision.

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Mitchell Revisited: The Conjoined Appeals in Denton v White £25.00 This course outlines and analyses the Court of Appeal judgment in Denton v White Ltd which sought to clarify the controversial approach to costs sanctions established by the Mitchell v News Group Newspapers decision of the High Court.
Procurement and state aid £25.00 This presentation will explore recent developments on how an unlawful  selective advantage might arise in a given context, with particular reference to transport, infrastructure and land transactions.

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Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:

Adult Social Services: Support and the capacity assessment
A recently-published Court of Protection ruling is helpful for capacity assessors as to what is relevant and not relevant when assessing an individual's capacity to make certain decisions. The CoP team at 39 Essex Street look at what it said.

Children: Post-adoption contact - recent developments
Martin Kingerley considers the issue of applications for post-adoption contact in light of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Employment: Preventing and dealing with stress-related sickness absence – ten top tips for employers
How should employers handle the difficult issue of stress-related sickness absence? Graham Richardson provides some guidance for employers and comments on some of the key case law.

Governance: Wacky FOI requests – with serious motives?
The latest Local Government Association release on the top ten "wacky FOI requests" has again received widespread media coverage. Jon Baines sees whether it stands up to scrutiny.

Governance: Defamation and the “serious harm” test
In a case brought by a housing association and its chief executive against a national newspaper, the High Court has given guidance on the new “serious harm” test for defamation. Cynyr Rhys reports.

Healthcare: The difficult line – the MCA and the MHA
The Court of Protection recently handed down an important ruling on the line between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act. The CoP team at 39 Essex Street analyse the judgment.

Housing: For better or for worse
The Court of Appeal has just handed down an important ruling on the scope of statutory homeless reviews. Kelvin Rutledge QC and Sian Davies analyse the judgment.

Licensing: Issues around personal licences and convictions
What do personal licences enquiries and London buses have in common? asks Paddy Whur.

Litigation: Ex tempore judgments - did you know?
A recent speech by Lord Neuberger has highlighted how – following an ex tempore judgment – changes can be made to an approved transcript. Jasmine Murphy looks at the challenges this presents.

Litigation: The effect of default judgments
An important judgment has clarified the effect of entry of a judgment in default of Acknowledgment of Service or Defence with damages to be assessed. Paul Stagg explains.

Planning: Warehouse to new house: further planning reforms
The Department for Communities and Local Government has unveiled further proposals in its drive to create a more flexible planning system. Matt Gilks highlights some of the key announcements.

Procurement: A tale of torn envelopes
A ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union should give contracting authorities confidence in their ability to reject tenders where confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, writes Anita McEleney of Bristol City Council.

Projects: CIL – a reminder on s106 and s278 restrictions
Caroline Bywater looks at what will happen if local authorities do not have a charging schedule in place for the Community Infrastructure Levy by April 2015.

Property: Appropriation of land and decision-making
Jacqueline Backhaus and Henry Fitch look at the lessons to be learned – in relation to decision-making and the appropriation of land – from a recent High Court case involving a London borough.

Property: When a business tenancy “ought not” to be renewed
In two recent cases the Court of Appeal has considered the issue of opposition to lease renewals based on a tenant's breach of covenant. Mark Shelton and Paul Moorcroft analyse the rulings.

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